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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Page American network season opens Comedy and variety in short supply HOLLYWOOD (NEA) Crime continues to be ram- pant, but nostalgia, women and the great outdoors are gaining That, in a nutshell, is the report on the '74-'75 televi- sion season opening in September. Because last year was pretty much of a disaster "The Year of the Dog, the TV brass is calling it there has been a major shakewell of the TV schedule by all three networks At this time last year, because of the writers' strike, the season was a shambles Maybe that's why the season was such a dud Maybe it was just because last s new shows were losers It's all hypothetical Whatever the cause, last year was bad. Of the 20 new shows which premiered a year ago, only three CBS' Ko< jak. NBC's Police Story and ABC's The Million Man are back The others are now history, and pretty forgettable history, at that This year, ttwe are 25 new programs, standing nervously ,it the post ABC and NBC have to new ones each, with CBS adding five more How do the three networks view the coming season? What do they see as. the significant trends? NBA put those questions to program executives at each of the networks, and, predictably, got three different answers, "The significant thing this year." says Barry Dillcr. vice-president, Prime Time Programs, of ABC, "Is the number of new shows. Twenty-five is a lot of new shows. It's the kamikaze approach, with everybody debuting the Will the TV public go ape? YAMAHA BT 175 Enduro have just received 10 of these FEATURES automatically injects oil into the fuel mixture Constant Mosh Transmission has a short throw selector New High made of lightweight polypropy- lene is virtually unbreakable Induction Slltncor Muffttr Doslgn MotoeroM Frame with low centre for gravity. OT175Is A Better Dirt Bike Than Ever and SUM Of The Toughest Lightweight Street Around Available At: YAMAHA CYCLE SALES SERVICE 1519-3rd Ave.S. Phone 320-6977 same week We'll see some fast casualties, which is unfair to all of the "This is a critical says Perry Lafferty, vice president. Programs. Hollywood, of CBS, "We'll see if The Waltons was the right show in the right place at the right time. Did the audience go for it because it represented belter times, when values wero better? "The Waltons was the only show In many years in which the hero did not have the power of life and death We have no franchise on that type of show, and that's the big news this .season. If it works, it will open up the whole face of TV and open up dramatic programs to all sorts of things For NBC, John J, McMahon, vice-president, Program Operations, says that "this year, except for the fact that there are few variety shows, has as good a balance as we've ever had. There's also a trend toward women as stars of action shows. In the past, these shows have depended on franchised heroes cops, lawyers, doctors. Now that women are mov- ing into those areas, it's easier to find shows for women, It's definitely a trend All three are right. Dlller is correct when he says that 25 new shows, all starting at the same time, arc a lot. Nobody will ever be able to see them all, and the ones with the biggest public relations campaign will probably win. Lafferty is right, when he says that there are im- itators of The Waltons coming In one form or another, each of the networks has a Waltones- quc show on the boards. And McMahon Is right, in his view of the trend toward using women There are three action shows on the schedule which star a woman Angle Dickinson in Police Woman for NBC, Jessica Walter in Amy Prentiss, also for NBC, and Teresa Gvtives m Get Christie Love, for ABC. In the Walton mold, or perhaps the better generic term is nostalgic shows, there are CBS' Sons and Daughters. NBC's Little House On the Prairie, and ABC's Paper Moon and The New Land Crime shows, of course, continue1 to be prevalent. We'll have ,i spate of new CBS has Ken Howard us Manluinter, another private eye NBC has James (iarner in The Knckloid T'iles, more of I lie same And AtK' has three of tin-m plus the previously mentioned (Jet Christie Love. They arc David Jiinxscn as private eye 'Harry 0, Darren McGavin as Kolchak The Night Stalker who tracks down weirdos and kooks, and Robert Forster as Nakia, an Indian who is a deputy sherifl in New Mexico. There are a few new series which are trying to plow new ground NBC's Born Free and CBS" Planet of the Apes both come from very popular movies and will try to recapture that popularity on the home screen. There's a new lawyer about to practice on TV Barry Newman as Petfoc'elU, for NBC. There are a couple of truck drivers about to wheel out lor a weekly adventure Claude Akins and Frank Converse in NBC's Moving' On. And there's a teacher ready to do his thing David Hartman as Lucas Tanner, another NBC entry. New comedy shows are scarce CBS has Rhoda, with Valerie Harper spinning-off from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and'The Paul Sand Show, with Sand as a symphony orchestra bass player NBC has Cluco and the Man, an ethnic (Chicano) tale of an Anglo garage owner (Jack Albertson) and his Mexican American helper (Freddie And ABC has another black comedy, That's My Mama, plus another one set m Texas, Texas Wheelers. if comedy shows are scarce, variety shows are even scarcer only one, The Sonny Comedy Revue, on ABC, with the Cher-less Sonny Bono. That's the new season. Wear it in good health. JESSICA WALTER THE FINEST IN CHINESE FOOD WESTERN MEALS LIGHT LUNCHES MAJORETTE RESTAURANT HOURS: I to I p.m. Ctowd en B12-3rdAva. S. PHONE 327-7511 HOME of 320A-6th Si. S. Downtown, 327-3349 Shoe Fashions ;